Kristin Andreassen (Uncle Earl, "Crayola Doesn't Make a Color for Your Eyes") is a songwriter and percussive dancer who merges those skills in performances and recordings that are both "inventive" (The New Yorker) and deeply rooted in American traditional music. 2015 saw the release of her second solo album Gondolier, with tours supporting Black Prairie, Dawn Landes and Aoife O’Donovan. Her debut record Kiss Me Hello included the award-winning “Crayola” song which has been covered by dozens of artists ranging from Tyne Daly to high school marching bands.
While she's best known for her smart and emotive original lyrics, Kristin got her start in traditional music – she played guitar and fiddle with the groundbreaking stringband Uncle Earl and toured with the Appalachian clogging ensemble Footworks. Along the way, Kristin has worked closely with such diverse talents as John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin), Dirk Powell (Joan Baez, Cold Mountain) and New York indie icons Lucius, Son Lux and Jeffrey Lewis.
Originally from Portland, Oregon, Kristin’s music reflects time lived on Nova Scotia’s Cape Breton Island, in a broken-down tour bus on a Maryland tobacco farm, in a fourth floor Brooklyn walk-up, and now on the quiet streets of East Nashville, Tennessee. When called upon to do so, she loves calling square dances.